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by Lee Short
January 20th, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 23
Views: 769

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

I'm not really one for heirarchies, but I have a hard time arguing with the consensus here.

There's a major omission in Pierre-Jacques Druet, deserving of "Second Growth" status, IMO. At least the wines before the recent sale, I'm unsure what is happening with the domaine moving forward.
by Lee Short
January 20th, 2020, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does There Come A Time When The Search For Epiphany Experiences Ceases?
Replies: 49
Views: 2154

Re: Does There Come A Time When The Search For Epiphany Experiences Ceases?

Wine for me has never been about the search for epiphanies. Nor has there ever been I wine I drank to which I think that word could be appropriately applied.
by Lee Short
January 19th, 2020, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Large format
Replies: 32
Views: 1470

Re: Large format

I'm with the crowd who never buys anything bigger than a mag. Had a few at one time, only ever drank one, ended up selling the rest. In general, my mags are a good cross section of what I buy -- I've got some beaujolais, musar, red + white burg, muscadet, chinon, nebbiolo, oregon chard + pinot, cham...
by Lee Short
January 8th, 2020, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Ultimate Backfill Thread
Replies: 62
Views: 3099

Re: The Ultimate Backfill Thread

I too am backfilling (mostly red) burgs. Prices are mostly stupid but there are occasional deals to be had. 1997-2009 (Except 2003/2004) is where I’m looking. I’d love to buy 1989/90/91/93/96 and older but prices have put these mostly out of reach. My experience has been that 89/91/93/95/96 burgs h...
by Lee Short
January 6th, 2020, 11:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Ultimate Backfill Thread
Replies: 62
Views: 3099

Re: The Ultimate Backfill Thread

Lots of good burgundies are cheaper to backfill good old vintages than buy current releases. I'm backfilling more on producer and site than vintage, but of course vintage matters. The vintages I look for are 93, 95, 96, 99, 00-02, those seem to be where I'm finding interesting wines at fair prices. ...
by Lee Short
January 6th, 2020, 11:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 1622

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

I don't eat ketchup or hot dogs.

Give me a brat with mustard as the minimum step up. Preferably also onions and peppers.

But then I've never lived in a city with a good hot dog culture, and maybe never had a good dog. But the temptation to try one when traveling is zero.
by Lee Short
January 5th, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Wine Resolutions
Replies: 60
Views: 2680

Re: 2020 Wine Resolutions

same as every year: buy less, drink more. And I fail miserably every year. I am just shooting for buy less. I was doing pretty well last year until October, when all hell broke loose. Same for me on both accounts. I've got a plan for what I'll continue to buy, what I'll drop, and a limited allocati...
by Lee Short
January 1st, 2020, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your favorite wine with seared foie gras?
Replies: 36
Views: 998

Re: What is your favorite wine with seared foie gras?

I'm thinking eiswein but as John said, all of them. It's not on there but I usually have Tokaji-aszu. "Usually" as in every five years! Enjoy whatever you choose Maureen and Happy New Year. Thanks, Greg. I chilled the three listed above. My guest chose the climens. The wine ws fine but I confess - ...
by Lee Short
January 1st, 2020, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Beaujolais TN thread - post notes here
Replies: 120
Views: 11634

Re: 2015 Beaujolais TN thread - post notes here

Decanted a bottle of 2015 Roilette Tardive yesterday early afternoon. Checked in every so often, it was still surly at midnight. Just starting to soften up a bit with lunch today.

Keep 'em buried if you got 'em.
by Lee Short
December 28th, 2019, 10:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 100
Views: 6363

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
December 28th, 2019, 7:26 pm
assuming the tariffs hit, my only definite buys will be the domestic lists/clubs I'm on/a part of.
+1

For me, that's Kelley Fox, Vincent, and Briceland.
by Lee Short
December 28th, 2019, 9:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your definite do NOT buy in 2020
Replies: 44
Views: 3083

Re: What’s your definite do NOT buy in 2020

The list is so very long, where to start?

Of the things I usually might be buying, almost all ageable reds are on the no buy list, with a very few exceptions.
by Lee Short
December 24th, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 4 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Outside Your Comfort Zone for Against Malaria Foundation Dec 18-25th
Replies: 29
Views: 1065

Re: Week 4 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Outside Your Comfort Zone for Against Malaria Foundation Dec 18-25th

2015 Zorzal Eggo "Tinto de Tiza" A blend of Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza. The last time I had an Argentine wine had to have been at least 10 years ago....and I don't drink a lot of Bordeaux or cabernet-based wines, other than Chinon or Bourgeuil. First sniff reminds m...
by Lee Short
December 22nd, 2019, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 4 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Outside Your Comfort Zone for Against Malaria Foundation Dec 18-25th
Replies: 29
Views: 1065

Re: Week 4 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Outside Your Comfort Zone for Against Malaria Foundation Dec 18-25th

2015 Zorzal Eggo "Tinto de Tiza" A blend of Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza. The last time I had an Argentine wine had to have been at least 10 years ago....and I don't drink a lot of Bordeaux or cabernet-based wines, other than Chinon or Bourgeuil. First sniff reminds m...
by Lee Short
December 21st, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Spirits QPR?? -- Diplomatico Rum Riserva Exclusiva
Replies: 15
Views: 764

Re: Best Spirits QPR?? -- Diplomatico Rum Riserva Exclusiva

Paul, I've had Appleton 12 and liked it, but it's been a long time, I should revisit it. It's pretty much the same price as the Diplomatico here in the US, but that of course will vary from state to state. Doesn't look like it's even imported here into Oregon. IIRC, it's a different style of rum th...
by Lee Short
December 21st, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Spirits QPR?? -- Diplomatico Rum Riserva Exclusiva
Replies: 15
Views: 764

Re: Best Spirits QPR?? -- Diplomatico Rum Riserva Exclusiva

I'll have to try the Barcelo, Albert, thanks for the heads up.
by Lee Short
December 19th, 2019, 9:25 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Spirits QPR?? -- Diplomatico Rum Riserva Exclusiva
Replies: 15
Views: 764

Re: Best Spirits QPR?? -- Diplomatico Rum Riserva Exclusiva

Paul, I've had Appleton 12 and liked it, but it's been a long time, I should revisit it. It's pretty much the same price as the Diplomatico here in the US, but that of course will vary from state to state. Doesn't look like it's even imported here into Oregon. IIRC, it's a different style of rum tha...
by Lee Short
December 15th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 3 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Wines of the Loire for Semper Fi Fund - DEC11 - DEC18
Replies: 110
Views: 2167

Re: Week 3 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Wines of the Loire for Semper Fi Fund - DEC11 - DEC18

Thanks to all who jumped right in on day 1. . . I am going to introduce two new "bonus donation opportunities" to provide motivation to look beyond the "usual suspects" in the Loire. Sancerre Rouge. Plenty of Sancerre Blanc drinkers here, but who is willing to open and post on a Sancerre Pinot Noir...
by Lee Short
December 12th, 2019, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Forbes: The “naughty truth” about wine tasting
Replies: 38
Views: 2680

Re: Forbes: The “naughty truth” about wine tasting

This was a particularly stupid article ... Says it all really. Yeah, he comes across as a screaming monkey in the zoo throwing his crap against the wall to see what sticks. He makes about fifty different points in the article, but he never supports or develops any of them, instead flitting back for...
by Lee Short
December 11th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best American cheese I have tasted.
Replies: 72
Views: 3449

Re: Best American cheese I have tasted.

Yeah, $13 for the full Harbison does seem like a steal. I paid $9 for a half, which still seemed like a nice deal compared to $18 for half a Rush Creek Reserve.
by Lee Short
December 10th, 2019, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Oregon Wines for Dakin Humane Society (12/4 - 12/11)
Replies: 69
Views: 2230

Re: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Oregon Wines for Dakin Humane Society (12/4 - 12/11)

And our third and final kitty is Waka. We adopted him when an acquaintance and her husband moved from Snohomish into Seattle proper, and had no hope of finding an apartment that would take their five cats. It soon became apparent that he missed living with other kitties -- so after we finished our m...
by Lee Short
December 10th, 2019, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Oregon Wines for Dakin Humane Society (12/4 - 12/11)
Replies: 69
Views: 2230

Re: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Oregon Wines for Dakin Humane Society (12/4 - 12/11)

2010 Biggio-Hamina Riesling "Amity Vineyard" Served with nice garlicky gyros from the local take out place. An unconventional match, but it worked pretty well. The first thing you notice about the wine is the aroma of petrol and minerals that practically beats you over the head. On the palate the w...
by Lee Short
December 8th, 2019, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Oregon Wines for Dakin Humane Society (12/4 - 12/11)
Replies: 69
Views: 2230

Re: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Oregon Wines for Dakin Humane Society (12/4 - 12/11)

The Bethel Heights did improve some more, but the final night 1 verdict is that it's still too much on the heavy side for my taste. Leaving some to revisit tomorrow.
by Lee Short
December 8th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Oregon Wines for Dakin Humane Society (12/4 - 12/11)
Replies: 69
Views: 2230

Re: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Oregon Wines for Dakin Humane Society (12/4 - 12/11)

And here's a pic of Kalonji, our little guy. He and Caraway were rescued together, and they were put up for adoption as a pair. At the time of adoption, he was 8 weeks and she was 12, and she looked out for him in the same way older siblings looked out for younger ones 100 years ago. He was pretty t...
by Lee Short
December 8th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Oregon Wines for Dakin Humane Society (12/4 - 12/11)
Replies: 69
Views: 2230

Re: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Oregon Wines for Dakin Humane Society (12/4 - 12/11)

2000 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir "Southeast Block Reserve" First pour of this was served with braised duck legs and more pasta with the leftovers of the leek + chanterelle sauce. The wine was thick and heavy, black-fruited, and without much aroma. And a bit on the sweet side, with a moderate-length f...
by Lee Short
December 7th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best American cheese I have tasted.
Replies: 72
Views: 3449

Re: Best American cheese I have tasted.

I wanted a low-effort dinner, so this thread inspired me. Tonight's dinner is cucumber salad, local Spitzenberg apples, the walnut loaf from Ken's Artisan Bakery, and a cheese plate of: Rush Creek Reserve, Harbison, Rogue River Blue, Red Hawk, Cascadia Creamery Sawtooth, and Novak 7-year Wisconsin c...
by Lee Short
December 7th, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pet-Nat recs
Replies: 56
Views: 2282

Re: Pet-Nat recs

For really liking a lot of "natural wines", I've really not been a big fan of pet nat. I think the only 2 I've actually liked have been from Johan and Briceland.
by Lee Short
December 7th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Spirits QPR?? -- Diplomatico Rum Riserva Exclusiva
Replies: 15
Views: 764

Best Spirits QPR?? -- Diplomatico Rum Riserva Exclusiva

I've been drinking this rum for years now, and I've yet to find a better QPR spirit, period.

So what are some serious competitors I should try?
by Lee Short
December 7th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Oregon Wines for Dakin Humane Society (12/4 - 12/11)
Replies: 69
Views: 2230

Re: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Oregon Wines for Dakin Humane Society (12/4 - 12/11)

And here’s Caraway, aka “Our Little Hurricane”, in action —- trying to retrieve aforementioned Durand from its resting place. She's part Bengal, so super active. And a rescue kitty, thanks to Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue. Next post will show her "little brother" -- not actually her brother, but rescued...
by Lee Short
December 7th, 2019, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Oregon Wines for Dakin Humane Society (12/4 - 12/11)
Replies: 69
Views: 2230

Re: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Oregon Wines for Dakin Humane Society (12/4 - 12/11)

1999 St Innocent Pinot Noir "Brickhouse Vineyard" The top of the cork on this was a bit soft, so I grabbed my Durand for opening. Cork proved sound, but history has taught me to reach for the Durand if there's any question at all, and I never regret it. From the first pour, there was no question bu...
by Lee Short
December 7th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country
Replies: 41
Views: 2646

Re: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country

S teve R edenbaugh wrote:
December 1st, 2019, 2:19 pm
Willamette not quite at par with Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbera, Paso Robles for wine touring, IMO.
Maybe so, but I've never been fond of "wine touring" and miss the old days of the post-thanksgiving open houses here in Oregon. I won't touch the current zoo with a ten foot pole.
by Lee Short
December 6th, 2019, 2:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Wine pairing with "Angry Crab?"
Replies: 14
Views: 727

Re: Wine pairing with "Angry Crab?"

Txakolina or Cava or Sekt or Prosecco. The finesse of a good champagne will be lost.
by Lee Short
December 4th, 2019, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck Top 100 2019
Replies: 50
Views: 4641

Re: Dunnuck Top 100 2019

For me, this really highlights how rarely his palate & mine align. The fact that he'd make a "Top 100 Red Wine" list is just silly to me. However, he's also out there making a living following his passion, so kudos to him for that. Totally in sync with the bolded part. But that's exactly why I thin...
by Lee Short
December 4th, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Paging Andrew - Georgetown Brewing adds tap room to brewery
Replies: 14
Views: 914

Re: Paging Andrew - Georgetown Brewing adds tap room to brewery

I used to live up on Beacon Hill, and one of our staples for weeknights when we didn't feel like cooking was to phone in an order to Stellar Pizza, then drive down the hill to pick up a growler from Georgetown and the pizza. Sounds like they've got some new beers -- I'll be up for the holidays at so...
by Lee Short
December 3rd, 2019, 6:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: time to talk turkey
Replies: 29
Views: 1665

Re: time to talk turkey

Over the past few years I've vacillated between smoking my turkey and cooking it on my Weber Kettle rotisserie . The rotisserie not only makes a moist, tasty bird -- but it cooks so quickly, too! And because it's spinning on the rotisserie, it's essentially self-basting. Just give it a good coating ...
by Lee Short
December 3rd, 2019, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Floral barolo recs
Replies: 45
Views: 2051

Re: Floral barolo recs

It's not Barolo, but the Columbera & Garella 2016 Costa Della Sesia fits this profile nicely, and is a great wine for the price. 70% Nebbiolo but rather less rustic than many nebbish blends. Fantastic match with my hot turkey sandwich.
by Lee Short
November 25th, 2019, 8:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 80
Views: 5775

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

I really enjoy the Evesham Wood, Longplay, and Belle Pente Pinots that are under $30. I really need to grab some Longplay sometime. I see them every berserkerday, and put them on the short list. But there are just so many good offers, not everything worthy can make the cut. I mean, I'm supposed to ...
by Lee Short
November 21st, 2019, 7:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best American cheese I have tasted.
Replies: 72
Views: 3449

Re: Best American cheese I have tasted.

Another fine producer is Shepherd's Way from Minnesota. It's been a while since I've had any, but I have no reason to believe they aren't as good as ever.
by Lee Short
November 21st, 2019, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Full body, black fruit, and funky...name your poison
Replies: 32
Views: 1311

Re: Full body, black fruit, and funky...name your poison

Michae1 P0wers wrote:
November 21st, 2019, 6:16 pm
Those marching orders make me think of Sicily. Nero d’Avola or Cerasuolo. Lots of sausage/charcuterie funk. Occhipinti, COS, Gulfi.
+1
by Lee Short
November 21st, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weightless, Red Fruited and Pure....Name Your Poison
Replies: 50
Views: 2259

Re: Weightless, Red Fruited and Pure....Name Your Poison

Enderle & Moll Muschelkalk
by Lee Short
November 21st, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 20112 Jean Dauvissat Pere & Fils Chablis Premier Cru Cote de Lechet
Replies: 3
Views: 348

Re: 20112 Jean Dauvissat Pere & Fils Chablis Premier Cru Cote de Lechet

It's clearly a typo, and this is the wine they serve for communion in the Temples of Syrinx.
by Lee Short
November 17th, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner with friends (Gimonnet, Rougeard, Allemand, VT, Huet, etc)
Replies: 9
Views: 802

Re: Dinner with friends (Gimonnet, Rougeard, Allemand, VT, Huet, etc)

I've had the 95 Poyeaux 4 times now in the last 6-7 years. The earliest one of those, the wine was tannic and tight. You could see where it was going, but it needed more time. The bottle that was probably 4 years ago was just starting to turn the corner. The bottle 2 years ago was just fantastic -- ...
by Lee Short
October 25th, 2019, 7:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best American cheese I have tasted.
Replies: 72
Views: 3449

Re: Best American cheese I have tasted.

Drops mic...walks off stage Self-appointed "mic droppers" pretty much always have weak arguments. Doubtful that this is any different. Of course, I'm generally sceptical of anything being appointed truly best class, rather than one of the best. Have you tried Harbison? If not, you are just blowing ...
by Lee Short
October 25th, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best American cheese I have tasted.
Replies: 72
Views: 3449

Re: Best American cheese I have tasted.

And +1 for Cowgirl, Rogue, and Vermont Creamery being in the top rank.

Another great NW producer without much buzz yet is Cascade Creamery in Trout Lake WA. Beautiful country up there, near my spots for finding chanterelles and porcini.
by Lee Short
October 25th, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best American cheese I have tasted.
Replies: 72
Views: 3449

Re: Best American cheese I have tasted.

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
October 22nd, 2019, 10:10 am
Drops mic...walks off stage
Self-appointed "mic droppers" pretty much always have weak arguments. Doubtful that this is any different.

Of course, I'm generally sceptical of anything being appointed truly best class, rather than one of the best.
by Lee Short
October 22nd, 2019, 8:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 80
Views: 5775

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

I agree with Chris and others that acidity is essential here. Lots of great recs in the thread. Let me add Briceland (I think they've got something in that price zone, but they're not big enough to have a regular web store, so I can't verify), and second Twill and Kelley Fox in particular for this u...
by Lee Short
October 22nd, 2019, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 65
Views: 2972

Re: Aglianico

GregT wrote:
October 22nd, 2019, 3:00 pm
OK so this isn't a shill.

Those two wines of Oliver's are pretty good!
+1 on this.

+1 also to those who have said Aglianico isn't a natural progression from the other Italians you have liked.
by Lee Short
October 15th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party
Replies: 42
Views: 1630

Re: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party

I'd recommend Txakolina for a white.
by Lee Short
October 15th, 2019, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party
Replies: 42
Views: 1630

Re: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party

"Indian food" covers a lot of ground, as I'm sure you know, Dinesh. I think that if you're looking for a red wine to match a wide range of Indian food, you won't really find a satisfactory match. Can you give us a better idea of the food, or at least of the dishes you want to match with red wine?
by Lee Short
October 15th, 2019, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party
Replies: 42
Views: 1630

Re: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party

"Indian food" covers a lot of ground, as I'm sure you know, Dinesh. I think that if you're looking for a red wine to match a wide range of Indian food, you won't really find a satisfactory match. Can you give us a better idea of the food, or at least of the dishes you want to match with red wine?
by Lee Short
October 13th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best place to sell a few cases of wine?
Replies: 36
Views: 2564

Re: Best place to sell a few cases of wine?

I've had good luck with Hart Davis Hart.

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